Wendy Rene was the stage name of soul singer and songwriter Mary Frierson, later Mary Cross (1947 – December 16, 2014). She recorded for Stax Records in the mid 1960s.
Mary Frierson was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father was of mixed race and married a Memphis musician who was nearly 20 years his junior; the couple had three sons and one daughter. The family were members of the Church of God in Christ.
As a teenager, Mary Frierson formed a singing quartet, the Drapels, with her brother Johnny and two friends, Marion Brittenum and Wilbur Mondie. They auditioned for Stax co-founder Jim Stewart in 1963, and were immediately offered a recording contract. Before leaving, Mary showed Stewart some of the songs she had written, and was also offered a solo contract. While in her teens, she married a military man, but the young couple soon parted ways.
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Альбомы и синглы:
- Bar-B-Q / Young and Foolish [сингл]
- After Laughter / What Will Tomorrow Bring [1964, сингл]
- After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles + Rarities [2012, сборник]
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